We shall Nott be moved!
Reporter: Dawn Marsden
Date online: 07 January 2013
Reporter DAWN MARSDEN, a lifelong season ticket holder, joined the Latics travelling army.
CUPS of tea, pies, scarves, burgers . . . if it wasn’t nailed down it was jubilantly tossed into the air as super striker Jose Baxter put Latics 3-1 up.
Life as a Latics fan isn’t always easy but moments like this make all the defeats and disappointments worthwhile.
Close to 3,000 Athletic fans made the trip to the City Ground to witness Latics win their spot in the FA Cup fourth round with a glorious 3-2 victory over Championship side Nottingham Forest.
Latics were dumped out of the contest at the hands of Liverpool at the third round stage last year and a recent run of poor results in the league, teamed with uncertainty over management, had left fans in need of a boost.
But any doubts over Latics fans ability to keep the faith were quashed right from kick off.
Rousing renditions of “Oh When The Blues” and “Oldham Til I Die” rang out and didn’t even falter when the boys in blue went 1-0 down.
Tthe travelling army saw their loyalty rewarded in a pulsating seven minutes of electric second half action which saw Latics go 3-1 up.
Supporters simply couldn’t believe their eyes as Robbie Simpson levelled with a stunning 25-yard volley before putting Latics in front moments later with a driving header.
Fans’ favourite Jose Baxter (Baby) made it three with an awesome free kick.
From then on, the singing didn’t stop as fans embraced each other, full of hope that their team could hold on to the lead until the final whistle. Forest closed the gap with a second goal in added time but it wasn’t enough to deny Latics their place in the fourth round.
When that all-important whistle sounded, pandemonium ensued as fans stood on seats to get a closer look at their heroes celebrating with manager Paul Dickov on the pitch.
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